My Collection: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

I’m an accidental video game collector. I never set out to collect video games, but I’ve been a gamer pretty much my entire life and I didn’t really get rid of anything as time passed. Each new system meant new games.

I was born to two parents whose first and last gaming experience was Pong on Atari (but, still, how cool is it that my decidedly not-geeky parents gamed a bit?). I think that the fun they had playing is why they were so supportive of me getting an NES when it came out.

When you’re a kid gamer, you can’t really do anything without parental patronage (financial and otherwise). So it was with my parents’ support, or at least not their disapproval, that I started on my gamer journey.

A few years later, my family moved to Japan. My love of gaming grew, being at the source of the golden age of video games and in a society where gaming culture was huge for people of all ages. My brother and I played together. We subscribed to Nintendo Power. My collection grew.

When I left for college, most of my games stayed home with my younger brother. I packed up the PlayStation 1 (I’ve always been a PS girl) and all my favorite games (FF8, Point Blank, Monster Rancher, Resident Evil) and said good-bye to everything else. Funds were limited in my college years. My collection grew slowly.

Our NES drawer

Then I married another gamer. My husband was also a life-long gamer and had amassed a pretty intense collection of games. He had games I’d never heard of, and suddenly we had two copies of all the best games (like Earthbound) and multiples of every gaming console system (we have 4 SNES consoles in our basement). My collection more than doubled.

Now, I’m here in my mid-30s with a basement full of video games.

Right now, they are currently spread across multiple shelving units, tucked in drawers, and otherwise haphazardly arranged.

My goal for the next year is to play some games I haven’t played or haven’t beat (NES review coming soon) and to get organized. I want a really cute display for all of our games. I bought my husband a professional, organized display for his comic book collection, and I want to do the same for our games.

These used to hold pantyhose at a department store and now they hold comics in our basement. PS, that my collection of ROM, and yes, it is a full run.

So, to kick off the series, here’s my NES collection and my favorites. The games I beat and the games I loved.

I’d write more but my toddler slammed her fist into my keyboard today, and cause a hard shutdown, and now it’s not working correctly. Cross your fingers for me that a restart will fix the issue. In the meantime, I’m going to check out Observation (PS4).

TitlePlayed itBeat itFavorites
Chip 'N Dale Rescue RangersXXX
Kirby's AdventureXXX
Maniac MansionXXX
StarTropics II: Zoda's RevengeXXX
Super Mario Bros. / Duck HuntXXX
Little Nemo: The Dream MasterXX
Pipe DreamXX
Snake Rattle n RollXX
Wheel of FortuneX
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on BloboloniaX
Adventures of LoloX
Blades of SteelX
Castlevania II: Simon's QuestX
Deja VuX
Donkey Kong Jr.X
Double DragonX
Dr. MarioX
Duck TalesX
Final FantasyX
Ice HockeyX
Mega ManX
Mega Man 2X
Mega Man 3X
Mega Man 4X
Mega Man 5X
Mega Man 6X
Mighty Final FightX
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!X
Milon's Secret CastleX
Ninja GaidenX
Princess Tomato in the Salad KingdomX
Super Mario Bros. 2X
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesX
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade GameX
The Legend of ZeldaX
Wall Street KidX
Zelda II: The Adventure of LinkX
Adventure Island
Adventures of Lolo 2
Adventures of Lolo 3
Bases Loaded II: Second Season
Bionic Commando
Blaster Master
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Defender of the Crown
Dick Tracy
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dragon Warrior
Fisher-Price: Perfect Fit
Fuzzical Fighter
Gargoyle's Quest II
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode
Journey to Silius
Kickle Cubicle
Life Force
Metal Gear
North and South
Snake's Revenge
Spiritual Warfare
Spy Hunter
Super C
Tecmo Bowl
The Guardian Legend
Ultima: Exodus

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